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The UWS Academy

UWS News Centre  |    26 February 2014

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The  University of Western Sydney has created The Academy, an interdisciplinary, community-engaged program which it describes as the first of its kind across the higher education sector. …………………………………………………………………………………………………

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While undertaking their advanced academic studies, students in The Academy also participate in programs focused on civic engagement and citizenship – professional and personal development opportunities, volunteering projects, and mentoring and leadership programs which aim to create a well-rounded graduate who can meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and globalised world.

The program is being spearheaded by 2012 Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award winner Professor James Arvanitakis, who is Head of The Academy.

Arvanitakis says The Academy is built on three key objectives: preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow; building an understanding of ethical leadership; and taking an inter-disciplinary approach to life’s challenges, to ensure students do not think in silos.

We live in a fast paced and constantly evolving world where many current professions did not exist a few years ago. The only way to confront these challenges is by teaching skills and knowledge that are relevant not just today, but 10 – 20 years into the future.

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